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charmlessman - 2011-09-17


Ursa_minor - 2011-09-17

My Dad was there. He has gone every year since 1964, and I've gone almost every year of my life. I had to work yesterday, or else I would have been there. I spent a good hour panicked, trying to get a hold of him after the crash. I haven't talked to him about it other than make sure he was okay.

Jimmy was a hell of a pilot, and the Galloping Ghost was a fucking amazing airplane. It wasn't really a P-51, let's be frank. It was as much a P-51 as a NASCAR is your common road car. Please don't go "WHY WAS AN 80 YEAR OLD RACING A 60 YEAR OLD PLANE!?!?!?!". Jimmy was 74 and in great shape, and he had those old man marble hands, the kind that made mine feel like deflated balloons, and gave me the impression that he could kick my ass without breaking a sweat. I feel awful for those hurt and the loved ones of those killed.

Right now, it's starting to look like a mechanical failure. The same failure that almost took out Tsunami back in the day.

Ursa_minor - 2011-09-17

Bah, it was Voodoo that almost crashed due to a trim tab coming off, not Tsunami.

Syd Midnight - 2011-09-21

If anyone asks why, tell them because The Safe Air Show is what happens every other day of the year at an airport.

fedex - 2011-09-17

the unforgettable audio for me is that little 'zzzzzziiippppppPOW' sound it made a second before impact.

never heard that one before. hopefully I'll never hear it again.

roughnready66 - 2011-09-18

Sounds like a straw emptying a milkshake.

Robin Kestrel - 2011-09-19

Pink Floyd, The Final Cut.

Just as chilling to me was the sound of the pieces raining down afterwards. Tiny little pieces.

hammsangwich - 2011-09-18

I wondered why people didn't get out of the way, but after watching this, it's obvious. Goddamn.

sjohnson301 - 2011-09-18

5 stars for the guy in orange, who was blown head-over-teakettle and immediately jumped up and ran back into the crowd to help.

Jeriko-1 - 2011-09-18

The P-51 was notorious for doing... That.

Something about the design where if it goes into too deep a dive it becomes a giant lawn dart. Several animated training films in WWII warned would be Mustang pilots of that aspect.

What surprised me is that physics should have pulled it straight to the ground without the pilot having any say. Yet the pilot WAS able to nudge it away somewhat from the crowd. That should not have been possible. One Hell of a pilot there.

Chancho - 2011-09-18

"Yet the pilot WAS able to nudge it away somewhat from the crowd. "

Why do you believe that he steered it away?

Urist - 2011-09-18

If it was a trim tab he was probably out cold.

I've never heard about the P51 being more susceptible to becoming a "lawn dart" than any other aircraft of the day. A couple, like the Me109 and especially the P38 were notorious.

This particular P51 was "chopped" though so who knows.

Ursa_minor - 2011-09-18

This particular aircraft had been an air racer since 1947, and was so extensively modified that it wasn't a P-51 anymore. It was The Galloping Ghost. Th

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